Some Democrats and political analysts are urging the White House to shift course and concede that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made an error when she suggested in 2001 that Hispanic women would make better judges than white men.
“She misspoke,” said Lanny Davis, a White House lawyer and spokesman for President Bill Clinton. “Every day that goes by that they don’t say she misspoke and she used the wrong words … they just feed it and give it life and give Rush [Limbaugh] and [Sean] Hannity more airtime unnecessarily.”
How exactly is saying what you believe misspeaking?
I think it was very honest of her, but let’s also be honest. Were a white man to say “I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina female who hasn’t lived that life,” he’d be dragged out onto the National Mall and beaten to death by the left and right alike. Heck, he would not have even gotten the nomination.
A white man would not be given the chance to say he misspoke on something like that.
Judge Sotomayor’s statement reflects her view that she sees the world through her experience, and not through the text of the constitution. That is probably why many lawyers find her rulings unpredictable. And unpredictable justice is no justice.
Judge Sotomayor’s statement reflects a race based world view. But then again, that’s no different from the guy who nominated. She told what she believed to be true. The Obama administration should be forced to deal with it as they believe the same thing.
We need somebody who’s got the heart—the empathy—to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old—and that’s the criteria by which I’ll be selecting my judges. Alright?
— Barack Obama